This is an interesting story from the Milwaukeee Journal Sentinal about an optical ballot scanner breaking. Note what they did with the ballots!
Reports of voting problems were sprouting like crabgrass. By 9 a.m., reports of broken machines were heard from Maryland Avenue School on the city’s east side, at the Beulah Brinton Community Center in Bay View and at 82nd Street School on the northwest side.
Said Robert Kofler, a voter at the 82nd Street School:
“The voting machine stopped working after accepting only one ballot. Poll workers there had no clue as to what to do when the machine broke. They had us place all ballots in a pile and then said that they would process them when the machine is fixed. Was this right to do this? I do not know. Seems very wrong to me.”